Parents leap for joy at Waverley Private Hospital


They arrived at Waverley Private Hospital late on February 29, but two bundles of joy made their entrance just in time to earn the title of leap year babies.

Olive Harper Brown arrived at 4.53pm, weighing 3.1kg and measuring 48cm. Parents Kylie and Daniel Brown and two-year-old sister Ivy were waiting with open arms.

“It’s really exciting and it is a little bit surreal,” Mrs Brown said.

“My husband and I weren’t planning on having Olive on Monday. I was booked for a caesarean on March 4 but the contractions started early.”

Mrs Brown said they would most likely celebrate Olive’s birthday on February 28, although they were yet to make a firm decision.

Campbell Archer Cross was the second bundle of joy to arrive at the hospital on February 29. He entered the world at 6.46pm and weighed almost 3.5kg.

Parents Jade Armstrong and Darren Cross said he was already being referred to as a ‘leaper’.

“My mum has already organised a frog birthday for him next year as he is a ‘leaper’,” Mrs Cross said.

“We will have his birthday on March 1. His birthday falls on such a special day and we will have a big party every four years.”

About 1,200 babies are delivered at Waverley Private Hospital every year but only one baby was born on February 29 in the last leap year in 2012.


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